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Social Anthropology

Careers and employability

Social anthropology prepares graduates to meet the demands of new and unexpected situations. Employers are increasingly recognising the value of a degree that combines an understanding of culture and society with practical people skills.

Graduate stats

Our graduates have an excellent reputation for employability.

  • 80% of recent social anthropology graduates are in work or engaged in further study six months after they graduate;
  • 65% of those employed graduates are working in professional or managerial roles.

(Source: Key Information Set Data from UNISTATS)

Typical career paths

Whilst I don’t work as an anthropologist, my experience at Manchester opened my eyes to different perspectives, ways of life and world views. It enabled me to imagine more possibilities for my life. I would recommend it to anyone who is truly interested in people and in broadening their perspectives on life.

Kate Goad / Social Anthropology graduate

Our graduates are highly sought after and are able to use their skills and knowledge in a wide range of different areas. Students have gone on to work with relief organisations, development agencies and the government. Others opt for the media, film-making and journalism, education, social services or business and personnel management.

A recent Irish Independent business feature places Anthropology in second place in The Top 50 Jobs of the Future.


As well as employment in higher education and academia, our graduates have gone on to work at organisations such as the BBC and The Department for Education, as well as various advertising agencies, NGOs and as project managers for international charities.

Further study

Anthropology can be studied at postgraduate level both at Manchester, elsewhere in the UK and beyond. You might like to consider our own MA in Visual Anthropology.

If you have graduated from The University of Manchester you may be eligible for a bursary, find out more from our postgraduate funding page.

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